This week we’re exploring the issue of acid reflux and how it can affect us as singers.
Otherwise known as laryngopharyngeal reflux or LPR, Acid Reflux occurs when acids from the stomach make their way back up the esophagus, resulting in burning and/or drying of the vocal folds. A surprisingly common ailment among singers, the effects of acid reflux can be very frustrating. Besides the obvious pain and discomfort, the drying of the vocal folds can result in hoarse, raspy sound. This week we’d like to hear about your experiences with Acid Reflux and what remedies (if any) you’ve found to combat it.
So the question is: Do you suffer with acid reflux or a similar complaint? If so, how has this affected your singing and what solutions have you found to remedy it?
Great Comments from last week:
Last week Craig asked: Do you think habits in our speaking voice (accents, breathiness etc.)? Can affect the way we sing, if so can we learn to control this?
Kathleen Connell wrote…
“Yes. Habits in our speaking voice can affect our singing voice. In some cases- e.g. back mid American r in popular singing or nasality of Chinese operatic singing is part of the style, and should stay. In the more pure operatic Italian style of singing many distorting speech habits need to be ‘drilled ‘ out for non-Italian speakers. Habits with jaw use can also affect singing. Articulations are an interesting complex part of the process of learning to sing, but worth working on”.
Martin Wood commented…
“Yes. Diction is an example. I have to really work on that in singing to avoid losing energy in the song”.
Izabella Dziedzic responded…
“I would say -Singing can improve the speaking quality and manners of speech in many cases. At least there are lots of positive results around music therapy fields (stammering, selective mutism, autism etc.) Both speaking and singing require practice and a good technique to achieve expected level. When singing, speaking becomes more fluent, softer and smoother due to some emotional regulator. Also singing brings more balance and control over speech, breathing, anxiety and some other fields”.
Some great comments and thoughts on this subject here, it’s always really interesting to hear what other vocalists think about the issues that affect us all.
See you all next week.